February 19 Morning Edition

— Thousands In Chicago Protest Gun Laws Following Florida Shooting (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they protest the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)


— Thousands march in Chicago to demand gun reform (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they march against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)


— Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump – AP (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they lash out at the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
— Marchers demand better gun-control measures in wake of Florida school shooting – Rachel Hinton (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they march against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
— EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months – AP (DIERSEN: If I sought a government or political office, my critics/opponents would have their operatives and their dupes obtain all the travel vouchers that I submitted while I worked for GAO 1980-1997, for IRS 1971-1980, and for the Post Office 1966-1969. They would stress the partial day per diem requests I submitted in 1974. SEE: https://www.gao.gov/products/463866 They would stress that the Park Forest Post Office approved my mileage reimbursement requests that I submitted a) in 1966 and 1967 for using my 1966 Pontiac Tempest Sprint to deliver mail, b) in 1968 for using my 1968 Oldsmobile 442 to deliver mail, and c) in 1969 for using my 1969 Dodge Charger SE to deliver mail.)


— Group of 5 men robbing people in Loop subway pedestrian tunnels, police say – Liam Ford


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: Naperville gearing up for start of special census – Marie Wilson (DIERSEN: Who encourages or discourages people from moving to and/or staying in your precinct, your municipality, your township/ward, your county, and Illinois? I should write a book about individuals, organizations, companies, and governments that a) encourage Democrats and b) discourage Republicans from moving to and/or staying in my precinct, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois.)
— FRONT PAGE WITH COLOR PHOTO OF TRUMP: HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: Survivors lash out at president – AP (DIERSEN: QUESTION: Why don’t they lash out against the root causes of crime? ANSWER: They are Democrats.)
— Wheaton vigil honors Florida shooting victims


— Illinois Senate Republican leader Bill Brady talks budget, Republican politics in this election year. – TOM HUSH


— After-school programs on chopping block again – Jason Nevel (DIERSEN: How much money did your father earn when you were in grade school? Because my father earned enough money a) that he could send me to Trinity Lutheran Grade School in Crete 1953-1961 and then to Hope Lutheran Grade School in Park Forest 1961-1962 to stay with the Missouri Synod and b) that my mother could stay home and raise me, my critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes have always viciously demonized me, denigrated me, and condemned me as a) having been born with a silver spoon in my mouth, b) having always been privileged, and c) having always been undeservedly filthy rich. My outstanding father never earned more than about $45,000/year in today’s dollars.)


— Democratic primary for Peoria County auditor features political newcomers – Matt Buedel (DIERSEN: Who paints you as being a newcomer? My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, DuPage County, and Illinois continue to paint me as being a newcomer even though I have lived in my precinct since 1984, in Wheaton, Milton Township, and DuPage County since 1978, and in Illinois since 1948. They stress that unlike me, they were born and raised in Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Milton Township, and/or DuPage County, that they attended grade school and high school there, that they attended churches there, that they raised children there, etc. They viciously demonize, denigrate, and condemn my hometown of Crete where I lived 1948-1972, where my ancestors have lived since 1854, and where my brother continues to live in a home that my grandfather had built in 1926 on land his grandfather bought in 1864.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: Rotherham, 35, is a certified public accountant who has a decade of experience auditing government entities, private businesses and financial institutions — first at accounting firm Clifton Gunderson and later at her father’s firm, Rotherham & Company. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois, which at the time had the top ranked accounting program in the nation. “A licensed CPA is important because that credential is a symbol of trust and professionalism in the business world — and it shows a commitment to continuing education,” Rotherham said. Thomas, 33, also studied accounting and earned a bachelor’s degree from Grambling State University in Louisiana before furthering her education at Kaplan University in Iowa, where she earned a master’s degree in business administration. During her time in Louisiana, Thomas worked in the corporate accounting office of a staffing agency, but the direction of her professional ambitions changed when she moved back home to Peoria. She now works with a not-for-profit group, but declined to identify the organization out of respect for its non-partisan nature.)


— Rauner takes aim at teacher pensions – Jonathan Ballew (DIERSEN: One could argue that Republicans have taken aim at married couples who pay more than $10,000 a year in real estate taxes and state income taxes. If there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)


— Feb 11-17 Weekly Roundup (DIERSEN: (DIERSEN: Government should encourage marriage and homeownership. The $10,000 SALT cap discourages marriage and home ownership. My wife and I have paid the marriage penalty big time since we got married in 1978. Further, under the new Republican tax law, if there was no marriage penalty, instead of $10,000, the SALT cap would be $20,000 for married filing jointly.)
(FROM THE ROUNDUP: During another Ways and Means hearing this week, Rep. Roskam questioned Treasury Secretary Mnuchin about an unresolved issue affecting many Illinoisans who chose to pay 2017 property taxes early. While no solution or conclusion was reached at the hearing, Rep. Roskam has been working closely with the IRS and the Treasury department to resolve this issue for the residents of Illinois. The Department of the Treasury will determine if they will allow Illinois to deduct their 2017 pre-paid property taxes with no limitation; meanwhile, Rep. Roskam will continue to advocate for the residents of Illinois before the Treasury Department on this matter.)


— Rush Limbaugh: We Need Concealed-Carry in Schools – Timothy Meads (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)


— Facebook VP says mainstream media distorted Russia’s interference in US politics – Teri Webster (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who have hinted/implied/argued/shouted the most at Republican candidates in Illinois since 2000 that me and my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails caused them a) to lose elections and/or b) to get fewer votes in elections that they won. The elections include primary and general elections for U.S. Senate and Congress; Illinois Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller, Senator, and Representative; DuPage County Board, Board Chairman, Auditor, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Coroner, Recorder, Sheriff, State’s Attorney, Superintendent of Educational Services, and Treasurer; DuPage County Forest Preserve President and Commissioner; Milton Township Supervisor, Assessor, Highway Commissioner, Clerk, and Trustee; and Wheaton Mayor and City Councilman.)
— NBC hires Olympian who bashed Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs on gay marriage – Chris Enloe (DIERSEN: Ever-increasingly, Democrat employers make it clear that unless you promote LGBTQ activity, a) they will not hire you, retain you, or promote you and b) they will get rid of you. My refusal to promote LGBTQ activity is one reason why my Democrat GAO superiors forced me to retire in 1997 when I was 49 years old, always ranked me in the bottom half of my coworkers for pay-for-performance purposes, did not promote me beyond GS-13, got rid of my mentor in 1987, kept me off audits of IRS for all but 3 of the almost 18 years that I worked for GAO, and forced me to take an $19,203 pay cut in today’s dollars to transfer from IRS to GAO in 1980.)


— Rush Limbaugh on Florida Shooting: Gun-Free School Zones Mean Only the Attacker Is Armed – AWR HAWKINS (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)


— Bill Gates Slams GOP Tax Legislation: ‘I Need to Pay Higher Taxes’ – Brian Freeman
— Rush Limbaugh: ‘We Need Concealed Carry in These Schools’ – Erick Mack (DIERSEN: One could argue that the most dangerous place to be is in a “gun-free zone.”)


— Women’s March organizers are planning a national student walkout to protest gun violence – Isabella Gomez and Amanda Jackson (DIERSEN: Of course, anti-Trumps blame gun violence on those individuals, organizations, companies, governments, and countries that are Trump supporters, Protestant, conservative, patriotic, Republican, American, White, male, older, rich, gun owners, German American, draft avoiders, and/or those whose ancestors have been in America for a long time.)


— Russian influence operation attempted to suppress black vote: Indictment – MATTHEW MOSK TRISH TURNER KATHERINE FAULDERS


— FRONT PAGE TOP OF FOLD: How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online – SCOTT SHANE (DIERSEN: I should write a book about unwitting people in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois who my critics/opponents have had the most success in manipulating and/or dominating them. My critics/opponents have lots of religious, government, political, and/or financial clout in my precinct, in Wheaton, in Glen Ellyn, in Milton Township, in DuPage County, and in Illinois. My critics/opponents have an extremely low opinion of my intelligence, my judgment, my motives, my values, my accomplishments, my etc. They blame me for their problems, for your problems, for my problems, and for everyone’s problems. Sadly, they have had lots of success a) in turning unwitting people against me and b) turning unwitting people into their operatives and into their dupes.)
(FROM THE ARTICLE: But the online pitches reached a big audience. In written answers to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, Facebook said some 338,300 people saw the announcements of rallies promoted by the bogus pages — and 62,500 said they planned to attend one. Those numbers are modest against the background of the entire presidential campaign, but they show that the Russians were able not just to attract Americans to their ersatz groups but actually manipulate their actions.)
— Google Chrome Now Blocks Irksome Ads. That’s a Good Thing, Right? – John Herrman
— HARDCOPY ARTICLE TITLE: A Pointed Question in Australia: ‘Is Taiwan Part of China?’ – Damien Cave and Xiuzhong Xu (DIERSEN: I should write a book about the many questions that my Democrat superiors, supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates in the federal government asked me to confirm that I had been baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran and that I was conservative, patriotic, Republican, non-poor, a gun owner, 100% German American, a draft avoider, that my ancestors had been in America since 1844, that opposed promotion of LGBTQ activity, abortion, mass/illegal immigration, booze, gambling, pot, and other vices, diminution of First and Second Amendment rights, patronage, political affiliation discrimination, reverse discrimination, age discrimination, and retaliation and that I had been a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS and that my wife and I had given up trying to have children, we did not adopt, and we did not become foster parents. They did not have to ask much about my or my wife’s finances because they had access to our tax returns and my annual financial disclosure statements.)


— Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges – Josh Rogin (DIERSEN: Of course, those who promote China have no problem with this.)


— DIERSEN HEADLINE: Democrats use students who survived the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School a) to blast lawmakers for taking contributions from the NRA and b) to call on them to enact new gun-control laws.
— For Tech Giants, Halting Russian Meddling in U.S. Politics Won’t Be Easy Despite thousands of employees and billions in revenue, Facebook, Alphabet and Twitter were unable to fend off a small group of provocateurs – Robert McMillan and Georgia Wells (DIERSEN: My critics/opponents, their operatives, and their dupes simultaneously, concurrently, and at the same time hint/imply/argue/shout a) that no one reads my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails and b) that my GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails have caused all the defeats that Republicans have suffered in Illinois since 2000.)
— Russian Influence Operation Allegedly Ran Like a Propaganda Startup Federal indictment describes Internet Research Agency as having deep understanding how to use Silicon Valley technology to sow discord – Robert McMillan, Deepa Seetharaman, and Georgia Wells (DIERSEN: I should write a book about those who since 1999 have had the greatest success in sowing discord in the Milton Township Republican Central Committee, DuPage County Republican Central Committee, Illinois Republican Party, TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois, Wheaton Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Center Right Coalition, American Association of Political Consultants, etc.)
— Family Who Housed Florida School Shooter Describes the Days Before the Attack Nikolas Cruz ‘followed [the rules] to the T,’ father of family says


— No, there have not been 18 school shootings already this year – David Mastio

Author: David Diersen

The opinions that I express in GOPUSA ILLINOIS emails are based on experience that I have gained doing many things since 1948. I base my opinions on what I learned a) working for the federal government for almost 30 years -- Post Office 1966-1969, IRS 1971-1980, and GAO 1980-1997, serving on the Executive Committee of the Association of Government Accountants Chicago Chapter 1983-1996, and being a union member while I worked for the Post Office and IRS; b) earning an MBA from Loyola in 1976, a masters degree in accounting from DePaul in 1980, and a masters degree in financial markets and trading from IIT in 1997; c) passing the CPA examination on my first attempt in 1979 and passing the Certified Internal Auditor examination on my first attempt in 1981; c) serving as a Republican Precinct Committeeman since 1999, the GOPUSA Illinois Editor since 2000, the TAPROOT Republicans of Illinois Chairman 2005-2012, a member of the 2008 Illinois Republican Party (IRP) Platform and Resolutions Committee, a Wheaton Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee member 2003-2011, the Milton Township Republican Central Committee webmaster 2008-2010 and 2000-2004, an Illinois Center Right Coalition Steering Committee member 2003-2007, and an American Association of Political Consultants Midwest Chapter board member 2001-2004; d) attending the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016 IRP State Conventions as a delegate; e) being the subject of a nasty 4-page article in the February 1978 issue of Money Magazine; f) pursing litigation including Diersen v. GAO and Diersen v. Chicago Car Exchange; g) being married since 1978; h) living in Crete 1948-1972, in University Park 1972-1976, in Chicago 1976-1978, and in DuPage County, Milton Township, and Wheaton since 1978; and i) being baptized, raised, and confirmed as a Missouri Synod Lutheran.